General manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey were in attendance for Winston's pro-day held at Florida State University on March 31. The trio were so impressed by Winston's performance that they canceled their scheduled private workout date a week later.
The Jets have informed Winston that his visit to Florham Park will include some classroom and film work to test his football acumen.
"He's ready to be an NFL player on the field. But he's not ready to be an NFL player off the field," attorney David Cornwell, who represented the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner after his sexual assault accusation, said Friday. "We have to assist him in growing and developing as a man."
Winston is the clear cut favorite to be drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. But new Jets GM Maccagnan has made it be known he will explore all options in the coming draft.
If you haven't done a lot of research, the quickest way to get up to speed on Winston is Daniel Jeremiah's stellar "Jameis Winston 360" podcast, it's the benchmark for analysis on one of the 2015 NFL Draft's most polarizing players. "360" is one of the best podcasts I've ever listened to, and well worth your time.
Off the field, there are a number of questions about Jameis Winston's character and how that's revealed itself but the question for any NFL team becomes the following: is it more about immaturity and learning better from how he was raised or recalcitrant stupidity? 360 seems to indicate it is more about immaturity with Winston than anything else, so there is a chance he could be fine ... but it will come down to whether anything else comes out about him in the next few days that teams don't already know. Reportedly, many teams at the Combine were impressed with his demeanor and forthrightness.
In the current draft market, Winston is worthy of a 1.1 draft pick for a team desperate to find a long-term solution at quarterback, but it is important to set expectations and for me to remember that the lure of Connor Cook and Jonathan Goff in 2016 is strong for me. Is Winston the next Andrew Luck? Probably not. But can he be a top ten quarterback in the NFL? It's possible, but he needs to keep his head on straight and work hard. Many analysts believe Winston has all the tools, smarts, leadership and passion to be a starter in the NFL for a long time. Some analysts like Tony Pauline (who was on our podcast this week) believe that Mariota is the better prospect, so for the Jets to trade up to No.1 they would always be compared against who they didn't pick.